China allows diplomats to use social media

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

As China continues to ban its citizens on social media it has allowed diplomats and government employees to use platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the move could improve communication with citizens abroad and that China’s policies could be better promoted.

He said that by allowing diplomats and government employees to use social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, China stresses its desire to strengthen international communication with social media platforms and that the internet is managed by laws in the country and regulation.

In China there are bans on access to foreign social media such as Facebook and Twitter. While social platforms like Wechat and Weibo that have emerged as an alternative to these platforms recognize the opportunity for the government to use technology as a tool of social control.

The active use of social media posting sites in Hong Kong has raised China’s concerns about these platforms.

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